Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why I deleted my websites

Stumbled across a trail block.
Yes, my websites for R. J. Larson and Kacy Barnett-Gramckow have vanished from the not quite limitless reaches of the w.w.w.
Never fear. I wasn't hacked, nor did I fail to pay my sites' host. 

Due to the recent kerfuffle over the European Union's new GDPR rules, I dug into my site and my site host's information and community pages to be sure my sites complied. To my knowledge, they didn't. Worse, I couldn't find any information on the data my site host collects (notice the said host is unnamed.) No phone numbers. No generic little notices for site owners like me, who receive visits from readers in the E.U. Nada. Nothing. (Huff!)

So I deleted both sites.

Then I received an email. With a phone number, and a formulaic plea from the site host for information. ("Was it something we said?"). But I was tired after hours of searching and striving and fretting. Did I want to continue to pay a large and inconvenient site host each month, who'd proven so difficult to reach--not to mention seemingly oblivious to its European visitors?

Nope!

However, I did want at least one page--for now--that listed my books as both R. J. Larson and Kacy Barnett-Gramckow for curious readers searching online for info. Here it is. Gram-Co-Ink

When life settles down, I might build a new site elsewhere. Until then, I'm still on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and--from time-to-time--Goodreads. Hint: I answer notes on Facebook almost daily.


Blessings, dear everyone! Now, I'm returning to work on Realm of Thorns!
The characters are becoming impatient. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

The Blessing!

The Blessing

Now available exclusively through Amazon!

I'm delighted to announce that my latest book-baby, The Blessing, is now available on Amazon!!! Here!  
Yes, it's earlier than I'd anticipated, but this baby's been in my heart for years. The Blessing is a fictional study inspired by my family's history, nineteenth century news-clippings, and by my studies of the Bible's book of Job. (Yes, Job, so be ready. My poor characters don't have an easy time of things for much of the book.) Here's a blurb:

May Somerville has suffered a year worthy of the Bible's Job, and the man who unknowingly prompted all her troubles has fallen in love with her.

Isolated in Colorado's rugged mountains, her beloved family shattered by tragedy and loss, May Somerville questions her Creator amid her struggles to survive. Beset by unexpected storms, both physical and spiritual, May seeks blessings--reasons for hope as she works to restore her family.

Separated from May by unforeseen circumstances and the expectations of others, Alex Whittier is determined to reverse injustices suffered by the Somervilles. But is it too late to redeem himself for the sake of the courageous young woman he's been unable to forget?








Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. 
Visit us at www.hartlineliterary.com

Thank you, dear everyone! Celebrate my new book baby's arrival with me! 


 

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Realm of Thorns, First Draft DONE!



Celebrating!




A Novella is born--thus far ;)


This week, I finished Realm of Thorns, the novella-backstory to my next series--Legends of the Forsaken Empire. For once, my attempt at a novella remained novella-size, coming in just under 33,000 words. Not bad! However, I'm approaching the second draft full of ideas for add-ins as I polish and refine the story, so I shouldn't congratulate myself yet.

 Wish me blessings, guys!

Meanwhile, here's a tiny hint of this mini-novel:
Reckoning has come. Darzeq, the crown of the Syvlande Empire has been destroyed. The royal house of Darzeq lies drowned beneath a prophesied destruction of its vast river valley, leaving an ocean of dead waters. Darzeq's ancient royal lineage now rests with two siblings, who have lost their family, their fortunes, and the realm that defines their existence.





Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Coming in Spring 2018!

Hi, everyone! I've deliberately delayed writing this post while waiting on details for my next project. At last--news! My latest book as Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, The Blessing, will be available this spring!!!

The Blessing is a departure from my Biblical fiction--it's set in 1890's New York and Colorado. However, it was inspired by a few snippets of my own family's lore, and ... might serve as a quiet meditation on the Book of Job. Quiet? Well, not entirely quiet. It is inspired by my own family's lore, after all. (More on that part later.) Rifles, gamblers, runaways, food, and quite a few wrenching scenes are involved.


Here's the back cover copy:


May Somerville has suffered a year worthy of the Bible’s Job, and the man who unknowingly prompted all her troubles has fallen in love with her. 

Isolated in Colorado’s rugged mountains, her beloved family shattered by tragedy and loss, May Somerville questions her Creator amid her struggles to survive. Beset by unexpected storms, both physical and spiritual, May seeks blessings—reasons for hope as she works to restore her family. 

Separated from May by unforeseen circumstances and the expectations of others, Alex Whittier is determined to reverse injustices suffered by the Somervilles. But is it too late to redeem himself for the sake of the courageous young woman he’s been unable to forget? 

Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. Visit us at www.hartlineliterary.com.



Monday, January 08, 2018

Realm of Thorns: Work in Progress

Happy New Year!

I spent most of my 2017 writing and re-writing book one of the Legends of the Forsaken Empire series. While I wrote it, I realized there was another story to tell: A novella-sized overview of the era when the last alliances in the ancient Syvlande Empire were broken, and the Empire was abandoned amid the rise of a new faith.

Realm of Thorns will be a standalone story, complete, yet a bridge between its ancient history and its new era. Think of it as a lead-in to the New Testament age of our own world.

For fans of the Infinite series, this series won't be part of the Infinite series. However, the Infinite series *might* be understood as the ancient history of the Forsaken Empire series.

Just sayin'!


Stay warm and well throughout the winter's chill, dear everyone.

Hope your 2018 is blessed thus far!
What do you think of this mock-up cover?











Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Map-making Quandaries

It's easier to dream about creating maps than it is to actually build them--so many options!

I've recently learned that I can create maps using GIMP shareware, so I've been dabbling with possibilities here:
Love the clear colors and outlines!

A basic parchment-hued landmass surrounded by aquamarine seas. I love this color mix and the way the program defined the continent's edges. But I'd have to draw my own mountains, roads, boundaries, rivers, and landmarks.

I also reloaded my old CC3 software and upgraded it for a modest fee. and by the end of the day, had only this to show. 
NotSoMuch!
Less is More ...


I'm returning to the drawing boards tomorrow--watch for revisions! Aaaand ... back to the beginning! :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Unexpected Inspiration



Recently, my dear husband and I finally took a belated anniversary trip--only two years late--up into Colorado's mountains.

From my seat in the train
We planned to ride in a wonderfully restored 1890s coal-burning, narrow-gauge locomotive and check out the beautiful southern-Colorado landscapes, while I did some fact-checking on my 1890s manuscript, The Blessing. But plans often go astray, so why should our mini-vacation plans go smoothly?

We arrived at our hotel and checked in, only to realize that our train reservations weren't for the next morning, but two mornings away. We're on a budget, so we debated. Should we return home and drive up again tomorrow? Or should we toss aside our budget for once and spend an extra night in the mountains?

Of course, we were sensible. We booked an extra night in the mountains at an eclectic, creaky old hotel (an adventure all by itself) then took a deep breath of mountain air and made uncharacteristically light-headed plans.

Fresh deer tracks
We headed for the nearest scenic destination: Colorado's famous Sand Dunes. Real dunes, with altitude. And my idea, because there are no beaches in land-locked Colorado, and I NEED occasional doses of water running over sand. This day's therapeutic dose of water-and-sand goodness came with a few Colorado touches.




(Ignore my previously broken toes and check out those fresh deer tracks--woo-hoo!)

As well as inspiration for new writing adventures.

Below flood level. For now.



Within yards of the deer's hoof-prints, I found a rushing mountain-dune stream that carried my imagination straight into future books! A hunting blind ... for hungry travelers. A river escape for fugitives in a wilderness.

So many possibilities ....

Time to write!